Federal Officials Rule On Mayor’s Request After Alt-Right Attack


After the recent act of terrorism on the train in Portland, Ore., the city’s mayor, Ted Wheeler, has urged federal officials and organizers to shut down “alt-right” Trump rallies planned for the upcoming weekend. The Portland mayor said on Monday that the “alt-right demonstrations” would only fuel hatred and fear during a time of tragedy.

Two men were stabbed to death while coming to the aid of two women who were experiencing a hate-filled anti-Muslim tirade. Mayor Wheeler said in a three-part note posted on Twitter, “There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now.”

The mayor has declared that the city did not issue permits for the “Trump Free Speech Rally” and other similar events scheduled for this Sunday, June 10th. “Our city is in mourning, our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation,” Wheeler said, adding that the permits already granted should be revoked.

An appeal against Mayor Wheeler’s actions was opened because of the debate that ensued regarding First Amendment rights. The threat of violence has already derailed appearances by presumed controversial figures on college campuses and other places in liberal cities like Portland and Berkeley, California. The tensions created by violent clashes between the far-right and the far-left have caused some like Mayor Wheeler to shut down free speech rallies.

However, his appeal has been overturned the Washington Post reports:

Mr. Wheeler unsuccessfully appealed to federal officials to revoke a permit granted to a group to hold a pro-Trump, free-speech rally Sunday at a downtown federal government plaza. His request that a permit not be granted for a June 10 anti-Muslim rally was made moot when organizers opted Wednesday to cancel the rally and encourage participants to attend a similar event in Seattle instead. The mayor characterized the rallies as “alt-right” and said “hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment.”

Throughout this year Portland has been rocked by national political protests and protests against police brutality.

The Facebook page for the event scheduled for Sunday in Portland stated that there would be speakers and live music in “one of the most liberal areas on the West Coast.” Adding that it will be “an uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom.”

President Trump condemned the hateful stabbing on his official POTUS Twitter page on Monday. He said that the violence was “unacceptable.” “The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them,” Trump tweeted.

It would be nice if the protesters in Portland at least allowed the people of the city to mourn and at least pushed back the rally. But, decency like that is hard to find these days.

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